investigation into the disappearance of flight attendant Helle Crafts, who had
vanished on November 18, 1986, begins. Her husband, Richard Crafts, was eventually
convicted of murder after a thorough collection of forensic evidence. Friends
had become suspicious after Richard was evasive as to the whereabouts of his wife.
He also was proved to have lied when he said that he never left the house on the
19th November - credit cards proved he had bought bedding on that date. It was
also discovered that he had bought a chest freezer and a wood chipper a few days
prior to his wife's disappearance...
had witnesses that a wood chipper had been seen near the Housatonic River. A search
of the Craft house found a blood smear on a mattress which belonged to Helle's
blood type. An envelope addressed to Helle was found near the river. Police divers
found a chain saw and serrated cutting bar, which had human hair and tissue embedded
in the teeth.
2,000 hairs, three ounces of human tissue, two fingernails, two tooth caps, and
five droplets of blood were found by the river. From this evidence, doctors managed
to prove that Richard Crafts had disposed of his wife's body with a wood chipper
near the river.
was eventually convicted after a deadlocked jury in the first trial. He was convicted
of murder and sentenced to 50 years in prison.